Creating a Sustainable Community

Mount Mary University believes a sustainable global society must be founded on respect for the environment, human dignity, social justice and a culture of peace.

Mount Mary’s Sustainability Task Force, known as the "Green Team," creates an awareness of and commitment to sustainable practices through individual, institutional, local, professional and community actions with a goal of global impact.

Sustainability Initiatives & Pledge 

The School Sisters of Notre Dame, Mount Mary’s sponsoring organization, recognize and promote sustainable living practices by identifying green habits and holding them up as inspiration to others.

St. Francis Pledge
We pledge to:

  • Pray and reflect on the duty to care for God’s Creation and protect the poor and vulnerable.
  • Learn about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change.
  • Assess how we, as individuals and in our families, parishes and other affiliations, contribute to climate change by our own energy use, consumption, waste, etc.
  • Act to change our choices and behaviors to reduce the ways we contribute to climate change.
  • Advocate for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable.

Laudato Si
Laudato Si is an encyclical by Pope Francis "on care for our common home." The name translates to “praise be to you” in Italian, and refers to a quotation from “Canticle of the Creatures” by St. Francis of Assisi praising God by meditating on the goodness of sun, wind, Earth, water, and other natural forces.

Visit the Laudato Si website to learn more about the Catholic mission to protect our planet and promote sustainability at